Chicago Police union: Cops have 'deep mistrust' for State's Attorney Kim Foxx
The union representing Chicago police officers wants a special prosecutor to replace Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx in any case where a cop is the victim of a crime or has been accused of misconduct.
Citing a "deep mistrust" of Foxx's office in a letter dated Monday, the Fraternal Order of Police leaders note that special prosecutors have been appointed to replace Foxx in two recent cases -- an apparent reference to a judge's order appointing a special prosecutor to reinvestigate the criminal case against "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett and Foxx's decision to recuse herself from the prosecution of activist Jedidiah Brown after officer filed a petition claiming Brown battered them at a demonstration.
"A deep mistrust now exists between your office and ours. We no longer believe that your office will treat our members fairly either in the arrests they make or when they are victims of crimes," reads the letter, signed by FOP President Kevin Graham, Vice Presidents Pat Murray and Martin Preib, and Legal Defense Co-Chair Robert Bartlett.
"We are therefore demanding that all cases in which our members are the victims of crimes or accused of misconduct be turned over to a special prosecutor. This is the only way we can guarantee fair treatment to our members."
Foxx's spokeswoman did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
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